The Minden Whippets football team remained undefeated on Friday after playing host to the visiting Fillmore Central Panthers at Kuper Field.
Minden scored 27 points in the first half and cruised to an impressive 40-0 win over the Panthers. The Whippets will look to kept their record unblemished when Minden travels to Cairo to take on the Centura Centurions in district action.
“The defense did an excellent job holding FC to 101 total yards. I thought we played well at times, but we are still looking for some offensive consistency. We need to have better execution on running and passing plays,” stated Minden head coach Sam Dunn. “We have been able to capitalize on big plays, which is encouraging.”
It didn’t take long for Minden to set the tone and outcome of this contest against Fillmore Central. The Panthers had the ball first but on their possession put the ball on the ground and Quin Rutt recovered the ball at the FC 28-yard line with 11:48 to play in the first period. It took Minden only four plays as Jarod Speer took the ball and ran 16-yards to the end zone to give Minden a 6-0 lead. Derek Kissinger made the point-after to give the Dawgs a 7-0 lead.
Minden took the ball after forcing the Panthers to go three and out, putting together a long 12-play scoring drive. Big plays during the drive were a 12-yard run by Carson Blum, a 14-yard run by Jack Raffety and a 13-yard run by Speer. Speer ended the drive with his second touchdown on a play covering nine-yards to the end zone. Kissinger made the PAT as Minden went into the second stanza with a 14-0 lead.
Minden was driving at the end of the first and as play moved into the second Minden was on a seven-play drive that would result in a score just 29 seconds into the period. Kissinger found Blum as Minden went ahead 20-0 with the missed PAT.
With the Panthers driving, Minden’s Blum had an interception deep in Whippet territory at the 15-yard line to stop FC. Minden was on the march into the Panther end of the field but the drive stalled with a fumble. But on the second play of the FC drive they coughed the ball up and Ryan Chramosta recovered giving Minden another chance at points before intermission with the ball at the Panther 32.
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